Festival Ballet Albuquerque brings to the stage The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment for five performances beginning on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW). What makes this rendition of the classic holiday ballet more enchanting than the usual varieties found in other states? Coyotes. Plus, the territorial splendor of 19th century New Mexico. Expect lavish costumes, brilliant dancing and music to match. Tickets range from $12 to $49. Find tickets and more information about this all-ages event at nhccnm.org.
Opening Saturday, Dec. 21 is the long-awaited exhibit Let the Sunshine In at the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain Rd. NW). Documenting life in Albuquerque from 1968 through 1972, Let the Sunshine In is a time capsule of street photography that was commissioned five decades ago and shot primarily by local photographer Walter McDonald on color slide film. This exhibit is also the first time the museum’s photo archives department has exhibited color photography from their permanent collection. The exhibit runs through May 24, 2020 and is included with museum admission. For more information on this all-ages event, see cabq.gov/museum.
Help visiting songbirds feel welcome and feed them by joining in on the making of the annual Winter Solstice Seed Mandala at Open Space Visitor Center (6500 Coors Blvd. NW) on Sunday, Dec. 22 from 10:30am to noon. You and others design and make the mandala out of birdseed right then and there. After that, birds fly in from all over the place to eat the seeds throughout the week. It’s a pretty great deal for them and if you come back and listen, they will sing you a song of appreciation. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see openspacealliance.org.
Gather up your entrails, chicken bones and crystal balls and head on down to The Divination Show opening Friday, Dec. 27 at Fourteenfifteen Gallery (1415 Fourth Street SW) from 6pm to 10pm. What does the new year have in store for you? Will you find your soul mate? Will you crash into an ART bus? In addition to the 10 artists showing work on prognostication, there will be live divination all night long. For more information about this free, all-ages event, see fourteenfifteengallery.com or check with your local oracle.